Palladius 2013 and Columella 2013
By Christian Eedes, 13 August 2015
New vintages of the signature offerings from Sadie Family Wines have just been released:
Wine Cellar price: R510
Chenin Blanc, Grenache Blanc, Clairette Blanche, Viognier, Verdelho, Roussanne, Semillon Gris, Semillon Blanc and Palomino.
The nose is wonderfully fragrant – heady and exotic with notes of flowers, thatch, lime, peach and apricot. The palate meanwhile possesses a weightless intensity and moves really well in the mouth. This wine is full but lithe, and avoids being excessively thick textured. The acidity is lemon-like, which is to say bright and entirely natural. Handsome, sophisticated and very polished. Substantial without appearing too forceful, which is a great trick to pull off.
Wine Cellar price: R695
80% Syrah, 17% Mourvedre and 3% Grenache.
An utterly enticing nose of red and black fruit, purple flowers and fynbos. Very little Swartland earthiness (which sometimes can be a bit base) or overt stemmy character.
The palate is rich and full but shows great poise – there’s nothing discordant in terms of structure. As with the Palladius, the wine is intense but not exaggerated. Lovely fresh acidity and deft extraction making for fine tannins. Cleverly envisioned and executed overall – much made of the fact that this wine has the lowest abv since the maiden 2000 vintage (14% on the back label) and this is unquestionably in the wine’s favour. Delicacy, grace and just a bit of Sadie insouciance in evidence.